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The Indie Music Review Board brings you daily reviews of new and classic independent (indie) music albums, singles, mixtapes, music videos and compilations, similar artist suggestions, free streaming, and music download links for the ultimate music discovery experience.

Music Review: Vantage Ep by Job Jetson | Hip Hop EP | Stream free | Soundcloud


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

08-08-2019 17:44 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (August 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Job Jetson and Sharrod Sloans
"Vantage EP"
Hip Hop


They made their marks on their local hip hop scene around the same time just over 5 years ago, and two of Wiconsin, USA's top underground hip hop artists, Job Jetson and Sharrod Sloans have teamed up in what is being described as the "Watch The Throne" (Jay-Z and Kanye West album) of Wisconsin underground hip hop. Fans knew what to expect when the album was announced shortly before its release on the 7th of July but no one was really prepared. It's one of those albums that makes you forget you even had a skip button.

Explicit.

Music Review: Slow by Christie Huff | Country Pop Song | Stream free | Soundcloud | Apple Music


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COUNTRY POP REVIEWS

08-08-2019 16:37 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (August 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Country Pop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Country Pop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Christie Huff
"Slow"
Country Pop


Slow means slow

Right in the middle of her Summer 2019 tour, Christie Huff blew fans away with a song they'd never heard before and weren't expecting. "Slow", the new track was officially released a couple of weeks later on the 26th of July. It's her first single since going Platinum on Spotify with the release of "Black And White" back in March and it seems to be following suit. It has received nothing but high praises so far and much like its predecessor it is receiving the favour of Spotify's curators and is already on a good number of official Spotify playlists - a factor that seems to have played a big part in "Black And White" getting streamed over a million times in just over 3 months. Well, that and the fact that Christie's unique style, unmistakable voice, deeply touching sound, and progressive development has seen to it that anyone who has ever listened has become a loyal follower, not to mention the fact that she has gigged and toured independently more than any other emerging country artist in California for over 5 years. "Slow" is another big record sound-wise. It seems like each song she has released since "The Way You Move", which marked a huge turning point in her sound back in 2017, has gotten louder almost exponentially. Her songs have also gotten more "pop-ier" along the line, but in a good way. "Slow" seems like a total game changer and sounds like it could be "the one". Every great artist gets to a point in their career where it seems like all the pieces are in place and everything sounds exactly as it should. That's exactly what this new record sounds and feels like.

Music Review: Vengeance And All Its Friend by Lion In The Mane | Pop Song | Stream free | Spotify | Apple Music


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POP REVIEWS

08-08-2019 15:36 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (August 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Pop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Pop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Lion In The Mane
"Vengeance And All Its Friend"
Pop


I can't believe it's pop music

Everyone knows too much MTV is bad for you. It's like listening to the Cookie Monster yell out "cookie!", "cookie!", "me eat cookie", "me want more cookie" all day while simultaneously watching him munch on more cookies than Kanye West after a relapse (and then realising he was talking about "the good cookies" - with the milk on top, not on the side). It's like throwing the UK's Shagger of the Year, Russell Brand into the pool at an 18 year old's birthday party at Spring Break and expecting him not to eat his way out. To cut a long story short, it's nothing short of soft porn and no one knows what the hell any of the artists featured are singing about or if they are any good even, and no one really cares. It's sexy, raunchy, colourful, exciting, addictive, disgusting, and it's damn enjoyable too  - if you intend to spend the whole day lying on the couch with your hands in your pants. That's not to say we don't like it - as the old weed smokers' saying goes, "it's not bad until it kills you".

But enough about Muff TV, let's get back to reviewing the amazing single by New York City's highest rated independent pop rock band of all time, Lion In The Mane, who mysteriously broke up a couple of years back at the peak of their career but are reuniting at a gig on the 6th of September in New York (event details on the SRL Events page). "Vengeance And All Its Friends" was a pop record that gave a good name to pop at a time when it had lost all credibility whatsoever. Indie bands where staying well away from the genre and even when they made anything close refused to label it as such, but not these guys. They came out loud and proud and the sensational quartet took their local music scene by storm with such an exciting sound and so much oomph that not only were critics who had criticised pop for years lost for words, they even seemed to have been filled with joy to have been proven wrong. It is an infectious track that just feels so honest and real that nothing else mattered - not where they were coming from, not where they were trying to go, or if they sounded like anyone else (and they didn't), if they would stand the test of time, nothing. Even after several notable hit singles and EPs it's a record that always comes up in any discussion about the band. If this is your first time listening to them this is a good place to start and the perfect song to remind you of what good pop sounds like and how it makes you feel - no, it doesn't always have to give you a stiffy or get you completely soaked, or in the mood for another joint (yep, any hip hop on MTV is pop too - you didn't know?).

 Add this to your "meaningful pop" playlists if you have one.

Music Review: Rover Freestyle by Dc | Hip Hop Song | Stream free | Soundcloud |


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

08-08-2019 12:36 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (August 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Dc
"Rover Freestyle"
Hip Hop


New car plane scent

With an urgent "signed, sealed and delivered" feel, this freestyle record by Arkansas, US underground hip hop sensation and events promoter, DC will give you a kick quicker than a crispy hundred dollar bill. Masterful piano based beat with a solid, crystal clear ambiance, exquisitely performed, burns super quick, feels so good. What a rush!

Explicit.

Music Review: No Going Back by Vintage Blue | Rock Song | Stream free | YouTube | Bandcamp


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ROCK REVIEWS

08-08-2019 11:54 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (August 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Rock artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Rock performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Vintage Blue
"No Going Back"
Rock


So good

Like a bed of roses on a fine Sunday morning

One of those songs that melts your heart away and fills the space with strawberries and chocolate, and electronic cigarettes. If you've spent any part of the last decade listening to the radio or watching MTV, you need good music like this to remind you what it really feels like to feel good every now and again. Forget about sex, money and drugs for a second - that's just the first step. Now take down all your naked posters of Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus with the mouth hole cutouts, and stash them under the bed with the gadgets and filthy socks no one else knows about (shh, we won't tell). Now hit the play button and listen to this - pure, relaxing, exciting, refreshing, calming and pretty much all the emotions you would feel if you wanted absolutely nothing in the world right? This is where you take a deep breath, come back to center and get in tune with your star player (you). Now make this moment last, and when the time is right go on out there and have a amazing day!

Music Review: Hey Country Boy by Afton Prater | Country Song | Stream free | Bandcamp |


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COUNTRY REVIEWS

08-08-2019 11:29 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (August 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Country artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Country performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Afton Prater
"Hey Country Boy"
Country


Oxygen

So pure, so fresh and so exciting you'll feel like a teenager's first pube upon arrival. Afton Prater's soft, tender, immaculate voice shines through in this beautifully written and performed love song with a sound so country it would confuse Taylor Swift's fans (no, that's not country - she likes poop too. Oops! pop).

Music Review: Live It Up by Frank Palangi | Rock Song | Stream free | Soundcloud | Apple Music


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ROCK REVIEWS

08-08-2019 10:51 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (August 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Rock artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Rock performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Frank Palangi
"Live It Up"
Rock


The song that plays in your head when you are about to get back on your horse for the gazillionth time

Passionately loud, furious, determined, powerful, positive and motivational, you won't hear songs like this playing on the average mixed genre radio station nowadays, at least not during peak listening hours - you'll have to go underground to find anything this heavy on the ears. Featured on Brooklyn, New York's top independent solo rock artist, Frank Palangi's "Set Me Free" EP, "Live It Up" is a song that will whisk you back to the days when rock 'n' roll music was about sticking it to the man and rocking out like it's your last day on earth. But before you go reaching for your acid and cocaine, and breaking out the good liquor, before frantically rushing up to your attic to find a live bat to bite the head off, remember to support real rock musicians and keep the genre alive by downloading it (not streaming). As with many of the records on the critically acclaimed six track EP that is still one the few things getting the East Coast's die-hard rock fans out of bed every morning, you can tell how much work went into it. It's one of those songs you'd break a sweat just rocking out to and if you turn it too loud you can be sure your neighbours WILL call the police - they wouldn't dare come over.

Music Review: Thief by Megan Mcduffee | Synthpop Song | Stream free | Spotify | Apple Music


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SYNTHPOP REVIEWS

07-08-2019 22:05 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (August 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Synthpop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Synthpop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.


Megan Mcduffee
"Thief"
Synthpop


Space travel - get onboard

If you've never been to space, this is what it feels and sounds like. Released on the 8th of July, "Thief" is the latest release by the amazing Megan McDuffee, who has made it very clear that this is her year after more back to back critically acclaimed releases than one can count on both hands in what seems like less than the time it would take to do so if it were at all possible. This track is so good it will be over before you can even comprehend how good it is. It's crisp, lush, wavy, spacey, and as has been the case with most of her releases, it will take you away to a special place you'll never want to return from; it's futuristic with a '90s electronica vibe; and the vocals are so sweet, tender and deeply touching you'll feel like you sat on Mother Teresa's pinkie.